January 17, 2023

At least eight people were shot in Florida yesterday during a massive celebration for Martin Luther King Jr. Day billed as a "family fun day," authorities said. Via ABC News:

More than 1,000 people were attending a block party with live music and a car show at Ilous Ellis Park in Fort Pierce, north of West Palm Beach, when multiple gunshots rang out at approximately 5:20 p.m. local time, just hours after an MLK Day parade had ended, according to the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office.

"It was mass chaos," Chief Deputy Brian Hester, who took part in the parade, told reporters on Monday night. "People were running in all different directions."

One of the eight gunshot victims, all of whom were adults, was hospitalized in critical condition. Four other individuals, including a child, were injured as they ran for safety, according to Hester and a press release from the sheriff's office.

Authorities say it was a "dispute" between two parties. Well, sure! It usually is. This is how grown men resolve these little misunderstandings. Guns are therapeutic! Let's not let the presence of other people get in the way of men expressing their emotions with guns.

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